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Magnusson - I'll never understand how West Ham lost Tevez case

Filed: Monday, 12th December 2016
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United's former Chairman Eggert Magnusson says he still cannot understand how the club managed to lose a £30million+ legal battle with Sheffield United over Carlos Tevez in 2008.

The reign of Magnusson and business partner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson, who succeeded the outgoing Terry Brown as the majority shareholder of West Ham in 2006 will mostly be remembered for two significant events.

Firstly, the club's incredible end to the 2006/07 campaign that culminated in the 'Great Escape' - and secondly, the legal wrangle with Sheffield and the Premier League that eventually cost West Ham United in excess of £35million in fines, awards and other associated costs.

Speaking exclusively to the KUMB Podcast's James Longman this week, Magnusson admitted that he is still baffled by the outcome of the ensuing court case which saw the League One club land an astonishing and unprecedented £30million payout.

And although he maintains that predecessor Terry Brown was unaware of the secret agreements that could have potentially broken Premier League edicts pertaining to third party ownership, the 69-year-old is less sure about other prominent members of the club at that time who were instrumental in closing the deal to sign Tevez and Argentinian team mate Javier Mascherano.

"I still don't understand how West Ham lost the court case," Magnusson, talking exclusively on this week's KUMB Podcast said. "I think it was badly handled by the people who were responsible for the club at that time.

"I just can't believe how they lost the case with Sheffield United. I've been in football all my life and to say that one player can win promotion or avoid relegation, it's impossible.

"Terry Brown thought that everything was ok with the deal, I sincerely believe that. But there were some forces within the club that were doing things they knew were not correct and in the end, that came to light.

"We had problems with the Premier League all season because of this. I remember how I used to wake up in the middle of the night thinking about documents out there I had never seen which could have ultimately led to us being relegated to the Championship."

In the interview, Magnusson also speaks about his (eventual) successors, David Sullivan and David Gold, and talks about the rest of his brief spell as Chairman of West Ham.

He also discusses his relationship with Alan Pardew and Alan Curbishley, "splashing the cash" on players such as Freddie Ljungberg and Craig Bellamy, the reasons for his sudden and unexpected departure plus his continued affection for the club and its supporters.

To read more about the circumstances that saw West Ham fined £5million by the Premier League and agree to pay Sheffield Utd a further £30million in an out-of-court settlement, please consider the following links.

Further Reading

* Eggert Magnusson: a year in quotes (Graeme Howlett)

* Never mind the facts – here’s the b*llocks (Legal Beagle)

* After the lies came the farce (East Stand Martin)

* You can't uneat the apple (Graeme Howlett)

The KUMB Q&A: with Eggert Magnusson (2007)

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